meaning of antic

antic meaning in General Dictionary

to create appear like a buffoon

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  • to do antics
  • A buffoon or merry andrew one which techniques odd gesticulations the Fool associated with the old play
  • Old traditional
  • ludicrously odd
  • behave as or like a clown
  • a ludicrous or grotesque work done for fun and amusement
  • Old; classic.
  • Odd; fantastic; fanciful; grotesque; ludicrous.
  • A buffoon or merry-andrew; one which methods strange gesticulations; the Fool associated with the old play.
  • An odd imagery, device, or tracery; a fantastic figure.
  • A grotesque technique; a bit of buffoonery; a caper.
  • A grotesque representation.
  • An antimask.
  • to create resemble a buffoon.
  • to execute antics.

antic meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1520s, "grotesque or comical gesture," from Italian antico "antique," from Latin antiquus "old" (identify antique). Originally (like grotesque) a 16c. Italian word discussing the odd and great representations on old murals unearthed around Rome (especially initially the Baths of Titus, rediscovered 16c.); later extended to "any bizarre thing or behavior," which sense it very first found its way to English. As an adjective in English from 1580s, "grotesque, bizarre."


antic meaning in General Dictionary

(a.) Old; classic.

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  • (a.)
  • (a.) Odd; great; fanciful; grotesque; ludicrous.
  • (n.) A buffoon or merry-andrew; one which methods strange gesticulations; the Fool of this old play.
  • (n.) An odd imagery, product, or tracery; an excellent figure.
  • (n.) A grotesque strategy; an item of buffoonery; a caper.
  • (n.) A grotesque representation.
  • (n.) An antimask.
  • (v. t.) To create appear like a buffoon.
  • (v. i.) to execute antics.